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Stevenson Wins at German Open

May 8, 2000

BERLIN (AP) _ Alexandra Stevenson, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last year, beat Russia’s Tatiana Panova 6-2, 7-6 (2) on Monday to advance to the second round of the German Open.

The 19-year-old Californian, making her debut on continental Europe, had little trouble adjusting to the slow red clay courts at the $1.08 million event, an important tuneup for this month’s French Open.

``I have to think from match to match and get some experience,″ Stevenson said.

The tournament features Martina Hingis, who regained her No.1 ranking from Lindsay Davenport last week while capturing the Betty Barclay Cup in Hamburg, Germany.

Also in the field are France’s Natalie Tauziat, No. 3 in the world, and Russia’s Anna Kournikova.

Hingis is seeking her fifth title this year and riding a 10-match winning streak. She opens against Swiss compatriot Emmanuelle Gagliardi on Tuesday.

Hingis will not have to face Davenport, who is skipping this tournament, and U.S. Open champion Serena Williams, who withdrew because of a knee injury.

Hungary’s Rita Kuti Kis knocked out the first seeded player, No. 16 Patty Schnyer of Switzerland 6-3, 6-4. Luxembourg’s Anne Kremere ousted Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic 7-6 (1), 6-3.

No. 13 Ruxandra Dragomir of Romania beat Sarah Pitkowski of France 7-5, 7-5.

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